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Mark Miller: Remaking Retirement

Women, Marriage, and Retirement Risk

Mark Miller unpacks a new study's surprising findings: Married women face more risk in retirement than single women.

Financial security in retirement depends on economic success during your working years--that seems intuitive. People who earn more retire with higher Social Security benefits and savings.

But a recent research report challenges this premise for a key demographic group: married women. Married women do tend to have higher incomes and accumulate more wealth, but that isn't translating into more security in retirement, according to a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, or CRR.